SELECT PROGRAMS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A limited number of engaging conference-related experiences will be open to the public at no charge. These include
Projects Space, NCECA Gallery Expo, Cup Exhibition & Sale, K12 Exhibition, keynote presentation, and the Randall Session:

Projects Space
NCECA’s Projects Space is a platform for ceramic artists to create and present works during the annual conference that incorporate clayas medium in time-based, performative, relational or site-responsive work. Artists will create their works on-site in a publicly accessible area of the Portland Convention Center. Engagement with visitors begins Tuesday evening, March 21 and evolves through Friday afternoon, March 24. NCECA Gallery Expo and Projects Space are free and open to the public.

KRISTIN SCHIMIK –A PRAYER WITHOUT WORDS
This work is a ritual that celebrates and embraces contemplation through repetition. It is an act of centering for the performer and it provides a meditative object for the viewer.

JERRY KABA – IDOL TIMES: A TRIBUTE TO THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Human culture is in a constant state of flux as are the symbols that define it. We will be creating a large monolith to celebrate this flux in culture. Please join us and make your own idol offering to be placed upon our monolith.

MATTHEW EAMES – ROOM
I am creating an interactive installation that references architecture and the process of building. Using a variety of created ceramic bricks and parts, this tenuous and fragmented installation will challenge the viewer to psychologically experience the reality of manmade structures’ impermanence.

NCECA Gallery Expo


NCECA is thrilled to continue the extremely popular Gallery Expo in Portland. Located next to the Resource Hall, you will find and be able to purchase exceptional finished ware from top galleries across the country. This area is free and open to the public, and these dedicated galleries will be offering gallery talks on the opening day of the conference.

18 HANDS GALLERY
A premier fine ceramics and crafts venture from Houston, Texas. Since 2007, we have worked to present the broadest range of contemporary clay in a fresh and accessible way, bringing together a select group of artists whose work breathes humor and whimsy.
www.18handsgallery.com

BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS
Maryland’s only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ceramics. Clayworks’ mission is to develop, promote and sustain an artist-centered community, which provides exceptional artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts.

EUTECTIC GALLERY
Presenting an offering of contemporary ceramics including trompe l’oeil pieces by Mitchell Spain, sleek porcelain by Lilith Rockett, great pots by Justin Rothshank, Josh DeWeese, Victoria Christen, Kat and Roger, and stunning vases with photographic surfaces by Peter Olsen.

GANDEE GALLERY
Located in Upstate NY, is committed to showing the best handmade objects and fine art, with a special emphasis on utilitarian ceramics. Established in 2009, the gallery features 4-5 special exhibitions a year and offers workshops and classes through its adjacent studio facility.

LILLSTREET ART CENTER
Lillstreet Art Center’s contemporary programming within our artist in residence programs, classes, workshops, and galleries has expanded and matured for the past 40+ years. The Lillstreet Gallery represents artists from all over the country at varying points in their respective careers.

NORTHERN CLAY CENTER
Northern Clay Center’s mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Its goals are to promote excellence in the work of clay artists, to provide educational opportunities for artists and the community, and to encourage the public’s appreciation and understanding of the ceramic arts..

OBJECTIVE CLAY
Objective Clay are artists who create meaningful objects for everyday use. Our website serves not only as retail space, but also a platform for sharing stories, processes and collaborative projects. Together we can expand our individual reach to connect directly with people passionate about clay.

RED LODGE CLAY CENTER

It is our mission to provide a place for professionally minded ceramic artists to create new work. We host Visiting Artist workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions, and educational programming to share with our resident artists and the general public the importance of art in our everyday lives.

ARTSTREAM NOMADIC GALLERY
Based in Carbondale, CO, Artstream is a traveling exhibition space housed in a restored 1967 Airstream trailer. Since 2002, Artstream Nomadic Gallery has exhibited work by more than 75 national, international, and emerging ceramic artists and has made stops in over 100 locations across the country.

THE CLAY STUDIO (LOCATED IN ROOM B118/LEVEL 1)

Presents Small Favors: Thinking Inside the Box, a special version of our annual show that presents works that fit inside a 4-inch cube. Some artists treat the cube as a tiny gallery, while others use the challenge to explore new work. Either way Small Favors have a huge impact

Keynote Speaker: Jerry Saltz
WHERE ARE WE NOW? HOW DID WE GET HERE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? AND WHERE DOES CLAY FIT IN?

Something on the scale of a paradigm shift is in the offing. Until Trump the art world lived with the positivist idea that things progress, get better, twisted flaws and all. The old saw about the long arc of history bowing toward justice was true. Obama felt like grace; Hillary Clinton was going to solidify something. All this is out the window. Our inner-flags fly at half-mast. So where does this leave art? And clay? That’s like asking “Where does that leave love?” Artists have always lived on the edge of the village – poor, neglected, commiserating with one-another, optical shamans transforming the world in mythic, mysterious, complicated, crazy ways. Even breeching the infinite. With everything out the window everything is possible, up for grabs. Even the old strictures against clay, craft, and other disrespected materials and processes: All of that will seem small minded in the face of this now world. Artists are already doing what they’ve always done: Going back to work. A lot of the old walls are down. For the moment. Now is the time to act. This is the crucible of a new generation. We are all voodoo children.

Randall Session: Pepper Pepper

Join fabulous drag artist Pepper Pepper for a drag and video sensation. Pepper will illustrate a story about an artist’s perseverance and failure through comedic and entertaining live drag lip synch performances tied together with original video vignettes. Playing with persona, spoken word, video interaction, dance and lip synch, Pepper will take on the persona of “Pepper the Potter” a struggling ceramicist and closeted performance-art superstar with dreams of making it big. Pepper will be joined by local Portland superstars to teach Pepper how to make it big as an artist or at least make it interesting on the way.

K12 Exhibition

An annual competition and exhibition for K-12 ceramic students to showcase their ceramic art. Designed to showcase the best K12 ceramic work made in the country.
Cup Exhibition & Sale

All donated cups will be considered for the NCECA “Cups of Merit” Commission Award. In its fifthteenth year, the award is designed to add further recognition of the extraordinary quality of these donations. The selections will be made by a jury’s review of all donated cups and winners announced on Saturday. The NCECA Cups of Merit Award was established to recognized outstanding craftsmanship and artistic merit among the generous donors to NCECA’s Annual Cup Sale. Each year NCECA appoints a small panel of three distinguished ceramic artists to make merit awards from the cups submitted to the Annual show. Jurors will make purchase awards totaling up to $1000 to three or more makers included in the Cup Sale. Each award will be of an amount sufficient for NCECA to purchase two or more cups based on the pricing presented to the sale administrator. NCECA will retain one of the cups in its collection for as long as a time as it is practical. Cups may be periodically removed from the collection to recognize individuals for outstanding service or generosity to NCECA.
Please note: Registration passes are REQUIRED to enter the Resource Hall (booths and tables of Commercial, Non-Profit, and Institutional participants).